New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for January delivery, was up 10 cents at USD 97.44 a barrel in mid-morning trade, while Brent North Sea crude for January rose seven cents to USD 109.46.
"Crude oil continued to rally due to optimistic US economic data which lifted markets," Phillip Futures said in a commentary.
The US jobless rate fell sharply to a five-year-low of 7.0 percent in November and the economy generated 203,000 jobs -- well above expectations -- providing further evidence of the gathering strength of the world's biggest economy.
Those upbeat numbers came after figures showing the US economy grew at a speedy annual rate of 3.6 percent in the third quarter. "These data signal that the world's largest consumer for crude oil may upsize their appetite for the commodity following an economic recovery," Phillip Futures said.
Other analysts said bargain-hunting had also helped bolster prices, which tumbled sharply the previous day. Brent crude declined USD 2.22 in London trade on Monday, weighed down by weaker German industrial output.


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